Archive | March, 2015

streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 2 – Policy & Potpourri

Welcome back to Round 2 of streets.m(ad)n(ess), brought to you by Microsoft Paint–that’s Microsoft Paint: You’ve Probably Got It. Thanks, Jim. And thanks everyone for tuning back into our coverage of streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, get to vote on your favorite recent news in the world of Twin Cities urbanism. Jim, can you […]

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Bicycle Facilities Best Practices Report from Transport for London

Transport For London (TfL) serves a role similar to our Metropolitan Council except only for transportation. TfL coordinates transportation and road design across the boroughs and cities of greater London and operates or coordinates services such as their subway, red buses, and ferries. TfL also operate the city-wide Oyster card system. TfL has been increasingly […]

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Where Should the Orange Line Terminate?

The METRO Orange Line will be the Twin Cities Metro’s second highway bus rapid transit line, running from downtown Minneapolis to Burnsville. As seen in the project plan update, many of the line’s basic decisions have already been made. However, there are some left, including improvements to the Marq2 corridor, and the alignment of the […]

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Better Biking, More Customers

We Bicycle St. Paul: Better Biking, More Customers

Last Wednesday night, the Saint Paul City Council approved the city’s first ever bicycle plan in a 6-0 vote. This short video produced by St. Paul Women on Bikes explores bikes and bike infrastructure as an economic development tool in Saint Paul. I think it’s a great video (not at all just because I made it) including some […]

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Chart of the Day: Commute Mode vs. Happiness

Here’s a compelling chart, from a Canadian study, that attempts to measure the vague notion of “happiness” and/or “satisfaction.” Check out the different commute modes: This shouldn’t be rocket science to anyone who spends much time stuck in traffic on the freeway. Here’s what Citylab had to say: The first thing that’s clear is that, […]

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime (Per Mile)?

$21 billion is a meaningless number. That’s how much more the 2012 Transportation Finance Advisory Committee estimated Minnesota needs just to maintain all modes in the current system. The total is certainly big, but all government figures are. There are so many billions tossed around in the realm of public finance that voters’ eyes glaze […]

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Promotional rendering of a Zip Rail train

Ban the Ban, Not the Plan

Last week, Minnesota House representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) issued a news release touting a compromise between him and supporters of the Zip Rail line being planned between the Twin Cities and Rochester. Oh good! Compromise! Our representatives must have done their job and avoided petty politics! That’s what we always want our representatives to do, […]

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streets.m(ad)n(ess) Round 2 – Development & Transportation

Welcome back to streets.m(ad)n(ess), where you, the streets.mn reader, get to vote for your favorite goings on in the world of Twin Cities urbanism. Today we’ll be voting for contenders in the Development and Transportation categories, personal favorites of mine. They’re very popular categories Nick, in particular for streets.mn, whose stated mission is to expand […]

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Map Monday: Vacant Property in Minneapolis

Courtesy of the Star Tribune’s excellent data reporting, here’s a map of vacant properties (publically and privately owned) in Minneapolis. As you can see, they’re clustered in the poorest parts of the city, especially in North Minneapolis. This is one of the layers of data:   For much more on this topic, check out the Star […]

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Podcast #85: Over North with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins

The podcast this week is a conversation with Jeff Skrenes, Brian Finstad, and Will Lumpkins, all about the historic preservation, transportation and neighborhood revitalization in North Minneapolis. Jeff, Brian, and Will are all very active in the community organizing and local politics in North Minneapolis, as well as posting and writing on the internet. We […]

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